Craft Brewing And Distilling News for July 18, 2012July 18, 2012
•San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. has released the latest expression in its Zymaster Series, Mark’s Mild. Created by Anchor brewmaster Mark Carpenter, the 4%-abv offering is Carpenter’s interpretation of a traditional English dark mild, made with English Maris Otter pale malt and crystal malts, as well as English Goldings hops. Starting this month, Mark’s Mild will be available on draught at select bars and restaurants in 17 states and Washington, D.C. The brew is the second release in the Zymaster series, joining February’s launch of California Lager.
•Washington, D.C.-based New Columbia Distillers is starting production on its debut spirit, Green Hat gin, by the end of August. The new brand is named for Prohibition-era bootlegger George Cassiday, who operated out of the basement of the Senate’s Cannon Building and was nicknamed “The Man in the Green Hat.” Green Hat gin will be priced in the mid-$30s price range, with initial availability in the D.C. metro area. Expansion into additional markets is slated for later this year. Established at the start of the year by cofounders Michael Lowe and John Uselton and based in D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood, New Columbia also plans to start aging a rye whiskey and Bourbon whiskey by the end of the year, as well as eventually offer a variety of seasonal gins.
•Gorham, Maine-based Sebago Brewing Co. will add limited edition Hop Swap to its Single Batch series on July 20. The 6.1%-abv American IPA will be sold on draft at all the brewer’s locations and at select bars and restaurants in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island while supplies last. The Hop Swap series will be brewed every year with a different blend of hops—this year’s features Centennial, Cascade and Citra. Sebago’s portfolio includes a line of year round craft beers, seasonal beers and the Single Batch series, which currently includes Trekker Pale Ale, Elegans saison-style ale and Barleywine.
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